Unique Food Tours

Welcome to Experience Food, the only food tour company in Ottawa that makes you discover Ottawa and Gatineau's top restaurants. Locals and tourists alike are invited to indulge in the city's booming culinary scene and discover the world-class restaurants that are putting it on the map. Named one of the best things to do in Ottawa, Experience Food offers you a delicious new way to experience this great city.

Gourmet Experience

Dress up and follow our guide on a discovery of the quality and finesse of Ottawa dining. This tour brings you to four of Ottawa’s best restaurants. At each restaurant, one of the city’s top chefs will have carefully prepared a dish for you. Each dish is served with a drink handpicked by each establishment’s sommelier. In total, the night consists of two appetizers, a main course, and a dessert, each with a drink pairing.

*Our Gourmet Experiences feature the city’s top independently owned and operated restaurants. We have worked with these establishments to organize the best possible evenings with dining that can’t be compared to other food tours offered in the region. While this may mean that some of our tours are a little more expensive than the competition, you can rest assured that this translates to better quality.

Choose between 5 destinations that will blow you away. To learn about the destinations before you book – CLICK HERE

Premium Experience

Enjoy Ottawa and Gatineau’s finest restaurants during our Premium Experience. During these food tours, you will have a personal guide that will take you to eat at the best restaurants in a selected neighborhood. There, you will have the freshest and most unique dishes paired with the best drinks. This tour is the same format as the Gourmet Experience. It offers top-shelf ingredients and pairings.

*Premium Experiences, like Gourmet Experiences, only feature Ottawa’s best independently owned and operated restaurants. Premium Experiences offer larger budgets to restaurants in order for them to provide the most up-scale experience possible.

All Premium Experiences are private tours for 2 to 8 people. Choose between 5 great destinations. To learn more about these destinations – CLICK HERE

Tasting Experience

Explore an Ottawa | Gatineau neighborhood and answer the question “what is Ottawan food?”. During these guided tours, you will make 7 stops. Each will serve samples of the house’s specialty as you will learn about the neighborhood’s food scene. These laid-back afternoon tours consist of great no-frills restaurants and street food. In total, the tour has 5 savory stops, 2 alcoholic beverages, water at most stops, and 2 sweet stops.

*Tasting Experiences are designed to showcase the ByWard Market’s tastiest and most iconic foods. The restaurants were chosen for their quality. Most stops have room to sit. Expect to have some food while standing. Do not eat before the tour.

We currently only offer the By Ward Market Tasting Experience.


Express/Youth Experience

A take on our Tasting Experience, tour-goers get to sample food from 6 of the best food vendors in an area of your choice. This allows them to discover a neighborhood and learn about its history, and try new foods. These laid-back afternoons are an excellent way to learn and have fun while eating Ottawa’s signature dishes. Perfect food tours for school groups, youth camps, and families.

*When booking an Express/Youth Experience, be sure to contact us at admin@experiencefood.ca to tell us what the intention of the tour is. Some of our previous customers have organized tours to learn about the hospitality industry. Others wanted to explore food from different backgrounds and discuss culinary techniques. We will adjust our tour to fit your needs.

This tour is currently only available in the ByWard Market. All Express/Youth Experiences are private tours for 6 people or more.


Partner Restaurants

Discover these great restaurants during our Gourmet and Premium Experiences


Here's what people are saying about us.

Emilie L – ★★★★★

Old Hull and Little Italy Gourmet Experience

I tried the Hull tour first, it was delicious and such a fun way to spend an evening with friends. I discovered many restaurants I had never tried that were so good I had to go back! All of this with a great guide sharing interesting pieces of history from the area. I loved it so much that a couple of months later I did the Little Italy (Preston street) tour for my birthday. Everyone loved it and the highlight of that one was definitely getting a taste of Atelier and talking with the chef. It's great for locals who want to try something new and tourists who want to discover the city and all the best eating spots. I highly recommend it!

Alex M – ★★★★★

Old Hull Gourmet Experience

Very informative tour! Great way to discover hidden gems that you wouldn't normally visit.

Ellen B – ★★★★★

ByWard Market Tasting Experience

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Every stop is unique and we learned so much about the history of the area. Matthew is a wonderful guide. Reserve your spot on this tour today!

Danielle R – ★★★★★

Hintonburg Gourmet Experience

Thank you for the wonderful evening. The food was great, the wine was well paired and the people were very friendly. On top of this, you know the region very well as well as the products used by the restaurants! (translated)

Nancy H – ★★★★★

ByWard Market Tasting Experience

My husband and I have taken a lot of food tours- Montreal, San Diego, Portland and Chicago to name a few. This one led by Matthieu was by far the best and with our history, he had a lot to live up to. He delivered much more than expected. His tour has more stops, more great fresh food and even some drinks. Don’t make reservations for dinner on the day of the tour as you won’t have any room left. We also got a great rundown on the history of the area. He also hosts tours in the evenings which involve 4 restaurants. I wish our stay in Ottawa had been longer so we could have signed on for one of his other tours. It was a great afternoon!

Nadine G – ★★★★★

ByWard Market Gourmet Experience

Thanks again for an amazing gourmet food tour of the market! The ladies and I really enjoyed it!

Joy D – ★★★★★

Hintonburg Gourmet Experience

Definitely a 'must-do-again' evening! An excellent opportunity to discover the hidden gems of our city. The food at each stop was expertly prepared by chefs who definitely take pride in their dishes. Each dish offered was unique, fresh, and beyond delicious. The information regarding the restaurants, chefs, and local history was an interesting and a wonderful bonus. Thank you for a very memorable experience. Looking forward to trying a different part of our city and seeing what else Ottawa has to offer.